Janine Denise Jones, 58, of Amarillo, TX passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020, where she was greeted at Heaven’s gates by her Daddy and grandmother.
Services will be at 4:00 P.M., Monday, December 7, 2020, at The Church at Quail Creek. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Janine was born on April 16, 1962, to Richard and Mary Lee Van Kluyve. She is survived by her daughters, Bailey Davis and her husband Troy, and Britney Sherley and her husband Collin; her son, Brennan Jones; her mother, Mary Lee Van Kluyve; her brothers, Richard Van Kluyve and his wife Lori, and Nicholas Van Kluyve; her grandchildren, Aynsley, Beau, Barrett, Kennedy, and Jackson; her nieces and nephews, Courtney Cooksey and her children Carrie, Colton and Callie, Maddie, Ben, Billy, Andrew, and Cory Barnes and his wife Samantha and their children.
Everyone who knew her knew and loved her spunk, charm, and can-do attitude. At her job and in life Janine was the first to laugh at a silly joke, a dry comeback, or an absurd story. Her laugh was often heard throughout the day wherever she was. She was joyful in her manner and generous with her laughs. She had a phrase for everything. When teased she might playfully say, “I’ll slap you naked” or “Do we need to have a Sonic moment?” (Meaning they might need a talking to). She had a nickname for everyone too–sometimes something simply fun, like her own nickname “J9” as many people who worked with her called her. but more often than not, something thoughtful, meant to make the receiver feel appreciated and known.
There was no human being on earth who scared easier than Janine. Everyone in the center she worked at knew that something as small as a fake plastic spider could be enough to startle a scream out of her. Over the years, there was no shortage of practical jokes to elicit a reaction from Janine–and she was no stranger to some retaliation of her own, as was her playful nature. Her skittishness paired her with her good humor in a way that always meant her shriek was shortly followed by her laugh.
As a nurse, Janine wore her RN badge with great pride, and it showed in her patient care. She always greeted her patients with a smile and a warm handshake, and she looked after them as if they were family. As with any surgery center, there is a set schedule that they are all expected to adhere to, and the busy surgeons are not keen to be kept waiting. Janine, for her part, always managed to strike the perfect balance between timeliness and superior care. Hustling into a pre-op to interview her sedated patients and ask them general questions like name, birthdate, and allergies, she never failed to end with, “Would you like me to pray with you?” It was at this moment that Janine would keep even the most cantankerous surgeon waiting; she would not be rushed through her spiritual care, and her patients loved her for it. With Janine, by the time her patients were headed home after a procedure, most of them knew her by her first name. Without question, they always expressed immense gratitude for her care, and many would not leave without a hug, which Janine always accepted with deep appreciation–she was the resident center hugger and always exuded warmth.
Above all, Janine was a daughter, sister, mother, and Nae-Nae (grandmother) and friend, first and foremost. She loved her mother, brothers, her three children, along with her nieces and nephews and the ones she “adopted” along the way and she treasured spending time with them. She adored her grandkids and often referred to them lovingly as her “heartbeats”. There was not a day that went by that she didn’t share a video, a picture, or a story of her family. It was her purpose in her life.
It’s been said, “Not all heroes die on the battlefield!” and this could not be truer. She was a warrior for Christ, and she loved with her whole being. When she would sing those around her were immediately drawn in and would take notice. There was something special about her, and if you knew her you know.
Janine loved big and was loved big. We want everyone to know who Janine Jones was and to remember her. She was special. She was a daughter, sister, mother, Nae Nae, Nene, and friend and we will miss her, terribly.
Be safe and hug the ones in your life.
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